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Doctrine of Antichrist My Answer

Doctrine of Antichrist My Answer

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My AnswerConcerning the AntichristQuestion. “
Pastor Stan, do you believe in the antichrist.”
Answer
.
“Indeed I do and for the following biblical reasons.”
1. The term
“anti-Christ 
” is a biblical term. It is used by the apostle John in his writings.
1 John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shallcome, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
Notice that John teaches
“the last time”
was in existence during his generation over 2000years ago.When people say we are living in the
“last days”
they are saying something that is true
but has been true
for the past 2000 years according to a biblical usage of the words.Therefore, no undue alarm should be associated with these words. The Christian is towait patiently for the coming of the Lord.
1 John 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist,that denieth the Father and the Son.
1 John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come;and even now already is it in the world.
2 John 7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that JesusChrist is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
In these three passages John identifies an anti-Christ as a
“liar”,
one who denies
that “Jesus is the Christ”,
and one who denies that Jesus has “
come in the flesh”
. An anti-Christ is a person who teaches a false doctrine with particular emphasis against theincarnation or the virgin birth where by God was made manifest in the flesh (John 1:1,14).2. Because the
Bible
limits the usage of the term anti-Christ, so do I in my own understandingby way of 
interpretation
or explanation. I do not want to go beyond what the
Bible
allows.3. Having said that I dorecognize the fact that many Christians have found (or taken) the libertyto make a larger
application
of this term to individuals in the
Bible
who are certainly verybad people.
 
4. For example, in the book of the
Revelation
TWO personages are presented and BOTH arecalled a
“beast.”
(Revelation 13:1, 11). Does anyone know who at least one of the
“beast”
is? Perhaps for JOHN was told and thus HIS generation was told the number of someoneliving 2000 years ago was the number of a man and his number was 666.
Revelation 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is thenumber of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
Keep in mind the book of the
Revelation
was written to a specific group of people IN THEFIRST CENTURY in Asia Minor,
“to the seven churches”
(Revelation 1:4).Keep in mind John was told HE would be shown things that would SHORTLY come to pass(Revelation 1:1) for
“the time is at hand!”
(Revelation 1:3).Keep in mind that words have meaning and when John was told something was going tohappen SHORTLY in HIS day and time it did NOT mean 2007 down the road.So was there a
“beast”
of a man representing a great empire (like Rome) that was hurtingChristians? The answer is yes and his name was Nero. The persecuting, pagan RomanEmpire was headed in the AD 60s by Caesar Nero, whose name just happened to add up to666 in the Hebrew system of letters and numbers. In Hebrew, "Caesar Nero" = "NRWNQSR" = N 50 + R 200 + W 6 + N 50 + Q 100 + S 60 + R 200 = 666 (A variant spelling of thename, NRW QSR, adds up to 616, which some manuscripts have in place of 666).Did the Lord want John or the church to be afraid of the
“beast”
? No for in the vision Johnsees IN THE NEXT VERSE AFTER THE NUMBER OF 666 being given the LAMB whichcan only be the LORD JESUS CHRIST standing ON THE MOUNT ZION AND WITH HIMAN 144,000 who are SEALED IN THEIR FOREHEADS.
Revelation 13:14 And I looked,and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand,having his Father's name written in their foreheads.
Why does no one ever talk about GOD marking in the FOREHEAD those who belong toHIM?Are the TWO beasts of 
Revelation
TWO MORE antichrists? Indeed they are by way of APPLICATION.Certainly bad men like NERO opposed God in John’s day where the book of the
Revelation
should mainly remain by WAY OF INTERPRETATION.I have been asked if I believe the
 Bible.
That is a good question. My answer. “
 Absolutely”.
I have been asked if I believe every word in the
Bible.
That is a good question. My answer,
 Absolutely. Every word and every LETTER is important. One of the greatest doctrinalteachings of the apostle Paul hinges on a single letterand that doctrine should beunderstood if the Christian faith is to be defended” (Gal. 3:16).
 
Now I have some questions.
“Does God keep HIS word?” Does God keep His word ON TIME?”“Did God keep His word to John and to the SEVEN CHURCHE OF ASIA in the firscentury?”“Did the events that John was told was going to happen SHORTLY happen shortly?”
I BELIEVE THEY DID!I BELEVE GOD KEPT HIS WORD TO JOHNAND TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA!
Now I invite others to believe with me in God’s Word too and study afresh a message of hope and encouragement to the church of the FIRST century by way of INTERPRETATIONbut with much practical APPLICATION today once the great themes of Revelation areunderstood. The first theme is that any religion which hurts the church shall be destroyed.The second theme is that any political entity that hurts the church shall be destroyed. Godwill avenge His saints.Perhaps a study of the
Revelation
TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA in the FIRSTCENTURY (not the 21
st
) can be undertaken after the study in
Daniel
.There is much more that could be said about the rise of anti-Christ of whom John said thereare MANY. I would like to offer one more exampleby way of application of this term.5. In 2 Thessalonians 2:3 there is a personage presented called the
“man of sin”
who iscertainly another “
anti-Christ”
by way of applying the biblical term to him.
2 Thessalonians2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
6. Who is this
“man of sin”
? One possible candidate would be a man named John Levi of Geschala during the seize of Jerusalem in AD 70
(Josephus, ii: xxi: 1).
What an interestingman he was. Some day if anyone likes his story can be told and what he did to mislead theJews and present himself as a false messiah.
7.
Another possible candidate for the
“man of sin”
is to take the position of the Reformers orthose who are our Protestant forbearers.
8.
It was a very common understanding that the
“man of sin”
refers not to just one person but arepresentative person who holds an office IN THE CHURCH (called the
“temple”
in 2Thessalonians 2:4).

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